I am a permanent resident of Japan and don’t need to renew my visa. But every 7 years I must renew my residence card. Even though we’re in the middle of a pandemic, it’s time to renew, so this morning I went to the regional Immigration Bureau in Shinagawa to take care of it.
I think it’s weird, but they close for lunch between 12 and 1 pm, so I wanted to get there fairly early and get it done in the morning.
My station, Shinkoiwa, is a pretty good transportation hub, and they have an express train to Shinagawa. The regular cars were quite crowded. Everybody was wearing masks, but social distancing was impossible. So I used my Suica Card to spring for a Green Car seat where things were quiet and mostly empty.
And I was back home in time to take Pao for his afternoon walk!